Biggest surprises of Pittsburgh Steelers 53-man roster cuts

August 30, 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their cuts that give the organization the NFL mandated 53-man roster. The biggest surprises after the cut downs.

Sometimes the biggest surprises an NFL team makes when they trim their roster from 75 to 53 is who they retained, and not who they released.

For most Pittsburgh Steelers fans, the fact that the team kept third string quarterback Landry Jones might have been the biggest surprise when news broke of the team's up to date 53-man roster. Jones was given plenty of opportunities to prove his worth as not just the third string quarterback, but also as a potential backup to Ben Roethlisberger. Every chance Jones received, he seemingly squandered away,

Jones' sub par preseason performances leaves fans scratching their heads, but that decision becomes extremely intriguing when you see the team released both Chris Carter and Howard Jones. What was once thought to be a head-to-head battle for the final linebacker position turned into both linebackers without a job. Now the organization is looking at very little depth at the outside linebacker positions heading into week one.

The Steelers' selected to keep six wide recievers, choosing Darrius Heyward-Bey over Derek Moye, and retained nine offensive lineman and eleven defensive backs.

Ultimately, there weren't many surprises with the Steelers' roster being trimmed to 53 players, but by looking at the numbers at specific positions, there is a good chance the organization isn't done making moves on their current roster.

The Steelers open the season next Sunday, September 7th, when the Cleveland Browns travel to Heinz Field.

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